Foundations for self-directed support in Scotland
Foundations for self-directed support in Scotland

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Foundations for self-directed support in Scotland

4.9 Investigative task

Activity 4.10 Exploring risk and personalisation

Timing: (1 hour)

The final part of this section provides a number of learning activities that will enable you to explore different aspects of risk and personalisation in Scotland.

There are three possible investigations for you to follow up. You may want to look at an aspect of risk and personalisation that particularly relates to your role and interests, or expand your knowledge of other, less familiar, perspectives on risk. If you have time, you may want to pursue all three lines of inquiry. There are no comments or ‘answers’ to these investigations, because they are all topical areas and will change and develop over coming months and years as the way personalisation is understood and implemented in Scotland develops. Use your learning log [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] to record your reflections on what you find out about, and, if possible, take opportunities to discuss and hear feedback about what you are learning with others such as friends, colleagues, supervisors and family members.

  1. Personalisation and dementia: Read or listen to the research report, Personalisation and Dementia (Alzheimer Scotland, 2010). Dementia is a key health issue in Scotland, as in other parts of the developed world. The number of people with dementia in Scotland is expected to double over the next 25 years. The research raises some important questions about personalisation in relation to people with dementia. Very few people have, it suggests, ‘genuine control over the support they receive’. You may also want to explore the Scottish Social Service's Council's Promoting Excellence framework, which will give you up-to-date information and training resources to support a personalised approach to understanding risk in relation to people with dementia in Scotland.
  2. Self Directed Support Scotland: Exploring this website will enable you to build on your learning from this section. For example, you might want to find out more about the law or organisations that support users of self-directed support and/or personal assistants. There is also a series of factsheets about self-directed support that address, for example, consent issues, monitoring and reviewing self-directed support, and how to challenge decisions made by local authorities about self-directed support.

Section 4 quiz

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